Category: Of Course

Mike Deasy’s racing column.


Sectional timing not for everyone

Last week, these scribblings questioned the timing of the Levy Board providing £900,000 funding for sectional timing and tracking data to be installed at all British racecourses. Is now the right time to devote...


Is the timing right to spend £900,000?

Look away now if you are a fan of sectional timing. This week the Levy Board said it would contribute £900,000 towards the operating costs of all British racecourses having live sectional timing and...


The Racing Paper cut

It hasn’t quite lasted 18 months, but The Racing Paper has ceased operations if not permanently, then certainly “for the foreseeable future”, with its publisher citing “distribution issues”. The Racing Paper was launched to...


Post cuts back on race reporting

These scribblings recently drew attention to the disappearance in the Racing Post of selections from its regional experts, with only naps from Newmarket, irritatingly changed to On the Gallops, and the North remaining. After...


Keep calm about the Derby, and carry on

It’s been 25 years since the Derby was last run on a Wednesday and those who believe that a midweek spot is best for the race have raised their voices this week, especially as...


Racing looking into a £17m hole

You have to ask if any other sport would unexpectedly find a £17m hole in its income unless there has been a touch of the ‘Patisserie Valeries’ going on. But that’s what happened with...